As of htis moment, Senator Robert Byrd is having a fight on the Senate floor over the procedures currently set forth in the Senate rules for this debate. Under the pressure of Senator Daschle, they are heading towards a vote on cloture for 10:15 AM tomorrow morning -- cloture being the end of the debate, and the start of the final hours leading up to an actual vote on the resolution itself.
Senator Byrd is requesting that by unanimous consent, the Senate remove that 10:15 AM vote on cloture, because they Senate has only been debating this issue since the end of last week, and that being too short a time for such a wighty issue.
Meanwhile, in an assist to Senator Byrd, Senator Paul Sarbanes, Democrat from Maryland, keeps bringing up the debate on the Panama Canal treaties -- certainly far less serious and solumn an issue than war -- which took place first over six weeks and then over four weeks. And yet the Senate now is being "stampeded" (in Byrd's words) into voting on war in a mere handful of days.